Pasadena Champs Take On Regional Contenders in Spring Boxing Show

Published : Thursday, May 16, 2019 | 5:04 AM

Team Pasadena boxers. Left to right, Jamal Washington, Kenny Green, Fatima Martinez, Humberto Robles, Mike Stone, Hakeem Wright. Image courtesy Fausto De La Torre.

Boxers from all over the region will be on hand for the Villa-Parke Spring Boxing Show on Saturday, in what is expected to be the biggest boxing show the local group has ever hosted.

“It’s a well-established local show that produces the top fights,” said Coach Fausto De La Torre of Pasadena’s Human Services and Recreation Dept. “It’s well-organized, and it’s a well put-together show with amazing trophies. That’s why they come.”

The annual show has been held for 17 years and De La Torre has been involved with the program for the last 22 years. Competitors range in age from 8 years old on up and the weight divisions are from 60 pounds to 200 pounds-plus.

The one-day local-level competition is no slouch when it comes to talent on hand.

In De La Torre’s stable of fighters there are three Golden Gloves state champions: Fatima Martinez, Asia Eng and Suzel Sanchez. The young women earned the Golden Gloves state champion titles on April 5.

Coach Fausto De La Torre. Courtesy image.

The local Villa-Parke boxers will be up against challengers from throughout Southern California and as far away as Las Vegas and Arizona.

Michael Diaz is one of the hot newcomers. The 23-year-old welterweight (155-lb. division) says even though he’s only had one fight so far, he’s got the eye of the tiger.

“I had one fight, but I won, and I loved it,” he said. “The first fight I was nervous, but for this Saturday, I’m excited. I feel confident. I’ve been working hard.”

Diaz said he has the stuff that will guide him to victory.

“My strong point is I’m a quick learner,” he said. “When I’m fighting someone I can adjust and overpower them and take the win. I train every day, no days off. I’ve only been in it for a year but boxing changes everything. It helps you mentally. You have to keep going and never give up. After winning, it’s given me the feeling to not ever give up.”

While there are many competitors in the ranks for the one-day show, De La Torre said he has some strong contenders on deck with newcomers and his veterans.

His three women Golden Gloves state champions will weigh in, and he has confidence in two other up-and-comers, Howard Trevino, 17, and Roger Gomez, 15.

“You will see new talent as well as champions, but above all, this show brings the best of the best,” De La Torre said.

There will be 25 3-round bouts and the first fight starts at 1 p.m. The fights are expected to end at 5 p.m.

Villa-Parke Spring Boxing Show will be held at the Villa-Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa Street. For more information call (626) 744-6530

or email hsr-activenet@cityofpasadena.net

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